Nancy C. Andrews Lab Notebooks, 1998-2016

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Andrews, Nancy Catherine
Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, became dean of the Duke University School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in October 2007. She has received numerous awards and prizes for research and mentoring. Her laboratory research centers on iron homestasis and mouse models of human diseases. The bulk of this collection contains laboratory notebooks, as well as 5 external hard drives with digital files from the external backup drives of Jackie Lim, Wenjing Xu, and Pavle Matak, researchers in Andrews' lab. The materials in this collection date from 1998 to 2016.
45 Linear Feet (30 boxes) and 2.05 TB
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Includes lab notebooks and external backup drives used by Andrews and her researchers created during the course of research directed by Andrews. The 5 external hard drives incude digital files from the external backup drives of Jackie Lim, Wenjing Xu, and Pavle Matak, researchers in Andrews' lab. The materials in this collection date from 1998 to 2016.

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Nancy Catherine Andrews grew up in Syracuse, New York and credits a high school teacher with fostering her love of science and helping get her started down the path of scientific research. Andrews gained admission to a summer program in marine biology in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At the end of the summer, she brought back a newfound curiosity about the unique characteristics of blood in horseshoe crabs. She also brought back, in trash cans full of sea water, about 30 of the crabs. The budding researcher then linked up with a scientist at Syracuse University and got her first taste of life in a lab. With supervision, Andrews designed and conducted her own experiments to better understand the way the crabs' blood reacts to bacterial products.
During her undergraduate education at Yale University, Andrews gained further formative experience working in the lab of Dr. Joan Steitz, who conducted high-profile research on RNA. The Steitz lab, which used biological samples from medical patients, opened Andrews's eyes to the synergistic possibilities of laboratory science and patient care. She set her course for an MD-PhD degree, and after graduating from Yale enrolled in a joint program at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her training culminated in an internship and residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and research and clinical fellowships at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 1993.
Shortly after establishing her own lab, Andrews began working with a medical student with a shared interest in the science of iron. Over the next 20 years, at Harvard and later at Duke, Andrews and her team would make key discoveries giving physicians new tools for identifying iron diseases including hemochromatosis and iron-refractory iron deficiency anemia.
Beginning in 1996, Andrews received promotions into a series of administrative roles, culminating at Harvard Medical School in the position of Dean for Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies. As an administrator, she set out to address many of the shortcomings she had encountered during her own training. Her work included building recognition and resources for women in science and medicine and for MD-PhD students. She accepted the role of Dean of the School of Medicine at Duke University in 2007, where she found a younger, more pliable institution. Andrews shepherded the school through the financial downturn of the late 2000s, encouraging growth in facilities and faculty recruitment at a time when other academic medicine programs were scaling back.
While acting as Dean, Andrews maintained her passion for conducting scientific research. She moved her lab from Harvard to Duke and continued to break new ground in the understanding of iron disorders. Andrews attributes part of her commitment to laboratory research to the collaborative possibilities of lab settings.
Since stepping down from her roles as Dean and Vice Chancellor in 2017, Andrews has remained active in helping the School of Medicine evolve. She is the Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Pediatrics and a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. Beyond the walls of Duke, she serves on an array of academic, philanthropic, and pharmaceutical boards.
Andrews has received numerous awards and honors. Some of them include Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (1993-2006); Samuel Rosenthal Prize for Excellence in Academic Pediatrics (1998); American Federation for Medical Research Foundation Outstanding Investigator Award in Basic Science (2000); E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (2002); Dean's Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty at Harvard Medical School (2004); elected to the National Academy of Medicine, National Academies of Science (2006); elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007); Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (2010); Henry M. Stratton Medal, American Society of Hematology (2013); and elected to the National Academy of Science (2015). She has authored well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 16 book chapters and is past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation.
Andrews is married to fellow biologist Bernard Mathey-Prevot, and they have two children.

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Accession 2016.010 (gift by Nancy C. Andrews, March 2016)
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Updated by Caroline Waller under the supervision of Lucy Waldrop, January 2019 to June 2020; updated by Lucy Waldrop: October 2020

Organized into the following series: Roberts, Kristina, 2005-2006; Chen, Jacky (Wenjie), undated; Lim, Jackie, undated; Finberg, Karin, undated; Xu, Wenjing, 2013-2015; Chen, Alan, 2009; Matak, Pavle, 2012; Eyler, Christine, 2005-2006; Barrientos, Tomasa, undated; Gunshin, Hiromi, 1998; Binders for TfR1 Papers 2015, undated; External Backup Drives, 2016, undated, Digital Files, circa 2010.


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[Identification of item], Nancy C. Andrews Records, Duke University Medical Center Archives.